Sri Suresh Panchanathan is currently touring India and meeting several interesting Periyava devotees. As part of that trip, he had met the richly blessed ‘The Hindu’ Sri Ganesan Mama and his Mami at his wife’s cousin’s 60th wedding celebrations at Hyderabad yesterday and boy, did I get a treasure!
Mama was the reporter of The Hindu based out of Hyderabad and had interacted with Swamigal for almost 30 years!
Will post two more incidents in the next coming days!
“My wife and I went to Hampi to have darshan of Kanchi Swamigal who was camping there. I had His darshan at 10 am. He asked me, “For how many days are you going to stay here?”
“For three days”, I replied.
He thought for a while and said, “Can you stay with Me for 10 days?”
I excused myself saying, “I have come on three days casual leave. My office will not extend it!”
The Swamigal said, “ All right you stay here for three days.”
But at 4 pm that day Swamigal told me, “In the morning when I had asked if you can to stay here for 10 days, you said you would not be able to so. Now, I want you leave for Hyderabad tonight itself!”
I was shocked to hear this from Him. Why is He asking me to leave today itself? Was something wrong with my family members back home? Such worries began to consume me.
I bid farewell to Swamigal and left, obeying Him implicitly!
I reached the railway station and cancelled my tickets which were originally for departing Hampi 3 days later. When my wife and I were talking to each other and saying we would travel in an unreserved coach, the Station Master overheard us and informed us that someone had cancelled two berths a little earlier!
He said, “If you are interested I can allot those vacant berths to you.” :)))
Oh, what to say of Swamigal’s compassion for me! He had arranged two berths for us!
The next day as the train approached the suburbs of Hyderabad, we found people throwing a stones on the train. We were asked by the Travelling Ticket Examiner to pull down the wooden shutters. And stones were pelted all through the next 45 minutes until we reached Kacheguda station in Hyderabad.
When we alighted from the train we asked the locals if anything was wrong. They said that the Janata Government in Delhi had arrested Indira Gandhi at 7 pm the previous day. As Andhra Pradesh was being ruled by the Congress Party, its members were protesting!
Mrs Gandhi was arrested only at 7 pm. The Swamigal asked me to leave at 4 pm itself! And believe it or not, the trains were cancelled for the next 9 days! In the morning itself He knew that there would not be train services for 9 days and that is why He had asked us if we could stay for 10 days!
And now when I think of how my Compassionate Mother took care of me, I shudder at His mercy!”
Categories: Devotee Experiences